Tennis (band)

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Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley of Tennis at Bumbershoot 2011 Seattle
Background information
Origin Denver, Colorado, United States
Genres Indie pop, surf pop, lo-fi
Years active 2010–present
Labels Fat Possum
Underwater Peoples
Fire Talk
Forest Family
Members Patrick Riley
Alaina Moore
Past members James Barone

Tennis is an American indie pop band from Denver, Colorado, United States, made up of husband-and-wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley.


The couple met each other while studying philosophy in college, and started the band after they got back from an eight-month sailing expedition down the Eastern Atlantic Seaboard.[1] Their songs document their experiences on the water.[2] They took their name from a joke about Riley playing tennis in college. Prior to forming Tennis, Moore's earliest singing experience was in church choirs during her youth.[3]

Their first releases, both in July 2010, were the "Baltimore" EP on the Underwater Peoples label and the "South Carolina" single on Fire Talk. Tennis released their first studio album, Cape Dory on Fat Possum Records in January 2011. The album, featured on NPR,[4] was based on the couple's experiences during their sailing trip.

During their first tour, James Barone joined the band on drums.[1]

The second Tennis album, Young & Old,[5] was released on Fat Possum Records on February 14, 2012, produced by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, preceded by the single "Origins",[6] which was issued on Forest Family Records on December 6, 2011.

Tennis released a number of covers as self-released (digital) singles during 2011-2012, including versions of "Tell Her No"[7] by The Zombies, "Is It True?"[8] by Brenda Lee, "Tears in the Typing Pool"[9] by Broadcast, and "Guiding Light" [10] by Television.

American Songwriter named Tennis their Writer of the Week for the week of April 23, 2012.[11]

In November 2013, Tennis released a 5-song EP titled Small Sound on Communion Records. It was previewed through Pitchfork Advance on October 29, 2013.

In May 2014, the band supported sister-act Haim on their North American spring tour.[12]

Their third album, Ritual In Repeat, was released on Communion in September 2014.

Barone left the group in 2015.

In spring 2015, Tennis were selected to perform on April 1 at the United Artists Theater at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles for "The Music of David Lynch" event, hosted by the David Lynch Foundation.[13]


  • Alaina Moore - vocals, keyboards, guitar
  • Patrick Riley - guitar, bass guitar


Studio albums[edit]


  • Small Sound (Communion, November 2013)


  • "Baltimore" (Underwater Peoples, July 2010)
  • "South Carolina" (Fire Talk, July 2010)
  • "Is It True?" (self-released, June 2011)
  • "Tell Her No" (self-released, October 2011)
  • "Tears in the Typing Pool" (self-released, December 2011)
  • "Origins" (Forest Family, December 2011)
  • "My Better Self" / "Petition" (ATP, May 2012)
  • "Guiding Light" (self-released, September 2012)
  • "I'm Callin'" (Communion Records, August 2014)

Cultural references[edit]

  • Once Upon a Time: During the welcome-home party sequence in the episode "The Return", the Tennis song "Origins" (from Young & Old) was heard in the background.
  • Grey's Anatomy: In the season 8 episode "Put Me in Coach," the Tennis song "High Road" was heard. "Origins" was later heard in "Have You Seen Me Lately?"
  • The rapper G-Eazy sampled the song "Marathon" in his song "Waspy."
  • Revenge: In the season 4 episode "Intel", the Tennis song "I'm Callin'" was heard during Nolan and Louise's conversation by the bar.
  • The 2014 movie Life Partners featured the Tennis song "High Road" as the final song on its soundtrack.


  1. ^ a b "Artists » Tennis | Fat Possum Records". Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ ""Marathon" | Forkcast Archive". Pitchfork. 2010-06-16. Retrieved 2016-02-07. 
  3. ^ "Tennis – "Live review: Tennis @ the Meadowlark"". Retrieved 2016-02-07. 
  4. ^ "Tennis Announce New Album Produced By The Black Keys' Patrick Carney - News". Pitchfork. November 9, 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Tennis: "Origins - Tracks". Retrieved 2016-02-07. 
  6. ^ "Tennis - Tell Her No (The Zombies Cover)". Retrieved 2016-02-07. 
  7. ^ "Tennis – "Is It True?"". Retrieved 2016-02-07. 
  8. ^ "Tennis: "Tears in the Typing Pool" (Broadcast cover) - Tracks". Retrieved 2016-02-07. 
  9. ^ "Tennis: "Guiding Light" (Television cover) - Tracks". Retrieved 2016-02-07. 
  10. ^ Evan Schlansky (April 23, 2012). "Tennis". American Songwriter. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Tennis Tours with HAIM, New Album Out this Spring on Communion Records". Retrieved 2016-02-07. 
  12. ^ Phillips, Lior (2015-02-10). "All your favorite musicians are playing a tribute concert to David Lynch". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2016-02-07.